United States v. Florida
420 U.S. 531 (1975)

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United States v. Florida, 420 U.S. 531 (1975)

United States v. Florida

No. 52, Orig.

Argued February 25, 1975

Decided March 17, 1975

420 U.S. 531

ON EXCEPTIONS TO REPORT OF SPECIAL MASTER

Syllabus

In this case, in which a decree is sought defining the seaward boundary of the submerged lands of the Continental Shelf in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico in which Florida has rights to natural resources, Florida's exceptions to the recommendations of the Special Master are overruled, but the exceptions of the United States raise contentions not previously presented to the Special Master, and are therefore referred to him for further proceedings.

Page 420 U. S. 532

PER CURIAM.

Before the Court for consideration are the exceptions of the State of Florida and of the United States to the Report of the Special Master filed February 19, 1974. Oral argument has been had.

The case consolidates two proceedings. In the first, the United States seeks a decree defining the seaward boundary of the submerged lands of the Continental Shelf in the Atlantic Ocean in which Florida has rights to the natural resources. 395 U.S. 955 (1969). In the second, the State of Florida and the United States seek a decree defining more specifically than does the decree entered in United States v. Louisiana,364 U. S. 502 (1960), the seaward boundary of the submerged lands of the Continental Shelf in the Gulf of Mexico in which Florida has rights to the natural resources. 403 U.S. 949 (1971).

In its exceptions to the Report, the State of Florida maintains that, in his recommendations the Special Master should have recognized that the said boundaries extend to the boundaries defined in the State's 1868 Constitution, rather than to the limits specified in the Submerged Lands Act of 1953, § 2(b), 67 Stat. 29, 43 U.S.C. § 1301(b); that the Special Master should have recognized that the Florida Keys and the Straits of Florida southwest of longitude 25

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